World Business Chicago (WBC) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have launched Seed Chicago, a collaboration with Kickstarter that will highlight projects that create jobs and economic growth in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Using Kickstarter’s online platform, which unites project creators with potential backers, Seed Chicago aggregates attention to local small business and community projects on a curated webpage. The project will begin initially with 11 innovative projects from around Chicago. Seed Chicago is a direct result of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, developed by WBC, a MacArthur grantee, to accelerate Chicago’s economic growth.
Community & Economic Development
MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization, prevention of youth violence, and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is also exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.